Born in London, but raised in Los Angeles, Maia Zakay is the future of R&B music. At only 19 years old, she has developed a sultry, passionate singing style like Ariana Grande. Maia started singing for fun at the tender age of three years old and has never stopped. Although she had some vocal training, her singing and production skills are self-taught, and she is obsessed with everything that is music.
Maia wrote her first song at 16 years old in response to a dark time in her life. Now, Maia finds solace in the art of songwriting. What started as a personal form of therapy became Maia's way of helping others. Her music deeply resonates with people, which has become the driving force of Maia's music career.
During Summer 2020, Maia wrote, co-produced, and released her album, #SpeakUp. The album was co-produced by Stephan Oberhoff, who works closely with legends such as Quincy Jones, David Foster, Barbra Streisand, and more!
Maia started writing her original songs (Lyrics) at the end of 2018 and has already written for 2 multi-platinum album Grammy award producers.
They provided the musical track and she wrote the lyrics and arranged the song.
The first one is Ryan Bowser (A.K.A. Ghost)
In 2001 Ryan’s remake of Patti Labelle’s “Love Need and Want You” featured as "Dilemma" on Nelly’s album, Nellyville. The single landed at #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles & Tracks, Hot Rap Tracks and on the Hot 100 as the first rap song to hold the #1 spot for 12 consecutive weeks earning a Grammy for Best R&B and Rap Collaboration.
The second one is Nick Loftin (A.K.A. Nick Fury)
He has produced for a variety of multi-platinum artists. He co-wrote, arranged and produced his first single "Custom Made (Give It To You) in 2000 for rapper Lil' Kim and followed up co-writing, arranging and producing for the soundtrack to the movie The Fast & The Furious where he collaborated with Murder, Inc.
Maia has also collaborated with Todd Sams
Todd has helped create Chris Brown and Usher amongst others... Through the years Todd has had the opportunity to choreograph artists like Beyonce, Rihanna, Frankie J, Mario, and Toni Braxton, for countless music videos, stage shows, award shows like the American Music Awards, BET Awards, Grammy Awards, Billboard Awards, and commercials like "Twix" directed by Dave Meyers. Todd Sams is the recipient of an American Choreography Award for Best Choreography in a Hip-Hop video for Usher's "U Don't Have to Call." Todd was also a featured guest choreographer on FOX's hit show "So You Think You Can Dance."
Todd has agreed to take on Maia as he did with Chris Brown and Usher and help her create a show/concert around her new original album once it is ready (later this year).
Todd is also working on producing a feature film and has asked Maia if she can be the lead actress after meeting her and "feeling her vibe".
In the past few months she has been given the opportunity to write hooks for songs for:
Drake's producer Noah Shebib (A.K.A 40) has written us that "Maia is dope!"
Maia has been performing live covers at different venues since she was 14 years old and has been called "The Voice".
In 2017 Maia played Eliza in her school musical HAMILTON to a standing ovation.
In 2017, 2018 and 2019 she performed in her school's Music Cafe to great applause.
In 2018 Maia began writing her own original songs and in June 2020 she released her debut original album titled #SPEAKUP.
Maia released her debut original album titled #SPEAKUP on Spotify, Apple Music and all other streaming platforms in June 2020 under artist name Maia Zakay.
She worked on the album with master producer Stephan Oberhoff whose clients include Quincy Jones, Brenda Russell and many more. (www.stephanoberhoff.com)
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